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Nothing to attach a ground wire to.

I am replacing a switch on my bathroom fan for a timer. What should I attach the ground wire to?

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  • our3suns151 Apr 18, 2009

    No. There is no place to attach the ground wire coming out of the box. No green screw. Only for the 2 electrical wires. The entire box for the timer is made of plastic.

  • mrninja
    mrninja May 11, 2010

    the ground wire coming out of the box shoul be coming from the fixure (light, fan,whatever) although not recommended, I have done this before without any issue....wrap the ground around a sheetrock screw and screw it into the inside of your plastic box through it into a stud or you can always just gang with the white neutral wire

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    the timer is not required to be grounded by code since it is really only an in-line resistor.

    Tuck the green wire back inside the box - it is not used in this situation.

  • mrninja
    mrninja May 11, 2010

    Your replacing a 2-way switch with a timer switch? then there should be a green screw on the timer switch for the ground wire

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    screw green ground wire to the metal outlet box.

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Ground wires are normally attached to the electrical conduit or box grounded means to earth in electrical terms so any ground terminal available can be used hope this helps

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